Brads original red custom Fender style guitar has a very
rare original Floyd with no fine tuners.
It has a special wireless unit
routed under the pick guard with the antenna wire
routed in the back of the body.
The on/off switch
is a real air craft switch located on a flat plate with an
led light were the output jack normally is.
the output jack has been relocated on the
side of the body.
Fender made the neck slightly fat on the back side per Brad's instructions.
The frets are worn almost paper thin.
Brad has 3 custom wound Seymour Duncan pickups, He has a mini switch between the volume and 5 way
switch actually splits the bridge pick up.
He has played this guitar since the original Nightranger train ride and
it appears that this guitar is ready for that
grave yard in the sky.
Ed Roman is currently building him a one of a kind
Pearlcaster with a beautiful Hawaiian ice
blue quilt top Brad has chosen our standard system of 3 lil Seymour
Humbuckers which will be coil tapped.
Brad has specified another original Floyd Rose tremolo with no fine tuners.
As usual he requires a
built in camouflaged wireless unit installed better than the last
one, same air craft switch w/led. out put jack moved to the side
and a birds eye maple neck with an ebony fret board
Ed Roman is proud to welcome Brad Gillis to the growing
number of professionals who are currently playing Ed Roman Pearlcaster
rad Gillis is best known
for his role as half the dynamic guitar duo of the chart-topping band
Night Ranger. Since Night Ranger's first release in 1982, Brad's mastery
of the strings and whammy bar have helped lead this rocking AOR band to
the top of the charts and multi-platinum sales around the world. Brad
himself has almost twenty gold and platinum albums to his name. Having
appeared in over a dozen MTV and VH1 music videos, Brad is one of the few
guitar icons of our time that can undoubtedly be recognized by both his
aggressively unique sound and image. His first solo album Gilrock Ranch
produced the top twenty AOR single, "Honest to God," co-written and sung
by the legendary Gregg Allman. Since it's release in 1993, Gilrock Ranch
has become a benchmark for guitar virtuosos in all walks of the music
world. His latest release, Alligator, is bound
for even greater success.
Gillis' guitar history began long before
the break-through of Night Ranger. At the age of nineteen, Brad joined the
San Francisco based funk-rock band Rubicon after auditioning over numerous
Bay area guitar veterans. Together they recorded two albums, Rubicon and
American Dreams, with 20th Century Fox Records. When Rubicon disbanded,
Brad and two other band members, Jack Blades and Kelly Keagy, went on to
form a hard rock band with the short-lived name Stereo. When the other
half of the guitar duo, Jeff Watson, and keyboardist Alan "Fitz"
Fitzgerald joined the ranks, Night Ranger was born.
At the same time Night Ranger was gaining public interest,
heavy metal god Ozzy Osbourne recognized the talent in Brad and asked him
to supplant Randy Rhoads in his ongoing tour. For the next year, Brad
spread himself between the Osbourne sensation and the Night Ranger effort,
and can be heard on lead guitar on Osbourne's Speak of the Devil live
album. When Night Ranger began to take off, Gillis had the difficult task
of choosing one path over the other. Luckily, for music fans everywhere,
Night Ranger was blessed with the Gillis technique.
For over a
decade Gillis wrote, recorded and toured with Night Ranger, contributing
to such hits as "Don't Tell Me You Love Me," "Sister Christian," "When You
Close Your Eyes," and "(You Can Still) Rock in America," just to name a
few. After years of being one of the top grossing touring bands of the
'80s, the members of Night Ranger decided to go their separate ways.
His hiatus did not last long. Shortly after the break-up of Night
Ranger, Gillis went on to form the band Mega-Mega. This hard edge band was
spotlighted on the motion picture soundtrack to "Don't Tell Mom the
Babysitter's Dead." It didn't take Gillis long, though, to get the itch
for the road again and quickly discovered that fellow Night Ranger member
and drummer, Kelly Keagy, felt the same. Gillis' and Keagy's desire to
regain the hard drive and soul back into their music lead them to
songwriter, vocalist and bassist Gary Moon.
Night Ranger trio tantalized the world with their larger than life sound
and stage presence, touring for three years solid. Feeding Off the Mojo,
released in 1995, breathed new life into what had been labeled a '80s
band. Riding the wave of energy created from this release the original
five member line-up reformed and Brad released two more albums with them,
Neverland (1997) and Seven (1998). Brad toured with the band in support of
each album, and spent the summer of 1999 headlining the Rock Never Stops
Tour with Ted Nugent and supporting bands Quiet Riot and Slaughter.
Brad's newly released CD, Alligator, is
currently available from Pony Canyon Records and carries with it the
energy and stamina from years of guitar experience.
Alligator once again reunites the axe slinging
mastery of Brad Gillis with the emotionally packed voice and lyrics of
Gary Moon. Heard on seven of the ten tracks, the combination of Gillis and
Moon makes you want to get out of your chair and hump something (just
seeing if you're still paying attention). Alligator is the first album that Gillis has also
ventured into the role of lead vocalist, with exhilarating results. The
melancholy sound of "Survive," when compared to the industrial raunch of
"Chain Gang" shows the potential of this extraordinary guitarist. And for
those guitar enthusiasts, don't fret, "(Your Eyes are the Window) Eyes"
packs the flamboyant waang-bar techniques one has learned to expect from